The Disneyana Convention 1995 - "40 Years of Adventure"
(featuring antiques & collectibles) kicks off at the Disneyland Hotel.
Walt Disney Records releases Disneymania 3, an audio CD featuring
such recording artists as Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey, The
Cheetah Girls, Clay Aiken, and Lalaine.
Lillian Marie Bounds (the wife of Walt Disney) is born in Spalding, Idaho.
Growing up in Lapwai, Idaho, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, her father worked as a blacksmith
and federal marshal. Lillian moved to California in 1923 to join her sister Hazel who was already living in Los
Angeles. She took a job at the new Disney Studios, where she worked first as a secretary and then an ink artist ... before
marrying the boss on July 13, 1925. She was married to the legendary studio chief for 41 years, and during that time she
was her husband's primary sounding board. Following Walt's death, Mrs. Disney became active in a number of charitable
programs, primarily children and the arts. Later in her life, she was active in fundraising for the Disney Concert Hall.
Disney's Alice Comedy Alice Solves the Puzzle, featuring Margie Gay as Alice
for the first time, is released. This short features the first appearance of an animated character
named Pegleg Pete (who will go on to become Mickey's nemisis, and Goofy's next-door neighbor).
The Alice Comedy Alice's Balloon Race is released.
Mikijeve Novine (which means Mickey's Journal) is published by D. Dragicevic.
It is the second Serbian publication having to do with Disney's character.
The Mickey Mouse short Orphan's Picnic is released to theaters. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, Donald Duck has to supervise a group of ill-behaved orphans at Mickey's picnic.
Disney's animated feature film Cinderella is released.
The twelfth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series (but overall the 16th feature film to be released),
it is based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault. When Cinderella's wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable
mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. Ilene Woods supplies the voice for Cinderella and Eleanor Audley (the future voice of Madame Leota for the Haunted Mansion attraction) is the voice of Lady Tremaine. Mike Douglas (future talk show host) is the un-credited singing voice of Prince Charming. For the first time, Disney has turned to Tin Pan Alley song writers to write the music, which includes "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" and "So This Is Love." (Cinderella will be one of the top
grossing films of 1950 and be nominated for 3 Academy Awards.)
The Disneyland television series the episode
"Our Unsung Villains," narrated by Walt Disney.
Someone burning debris without authorization starts a fire that races through tinder-dry swampland in central Florida about 15 miles from
Walt Disney World. (It will go on to burn over 11,000 acres.)
Return to Never Land, Disney's animated Peter Pan sequel, is released to theaters.
Set during Word War II, Wendy is now a grown up with children of her own. But when her daughter Jane is kidnapped
by Captain Hook (who has mistaken her for Wendy) and taken to Never Land, Peter Pan must come to the rescue! The
voice cast includes Harriet Kate Owen, Blayne Weaver, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Roger Rees, and Spencer Breslin. (Critic Roger Ebert will give the film a 3 star rating.)
Richard W. Cook (a 31-year Disney veteran) is promoted to Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. First beginning his career as a ride operator at Disneyland in 1970, he moved to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank in 1977 to manage pay television and non-theatrical releases. In 1980, he moved to the company's film
distribution department, eventually heading both its distribution and marketing efforts. (In 2005, Cook will be awarded
the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award, in recognition of "inspiring and positive role models for young people" from
within the entertainment community, by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles & the Inland Empire.)
In an exclusive ceremony at Disneyland, hundreds of Cast Members come together to
show their love for one of the park's original attractions - the Disneyland Railroad and to
join in the dedication of two additions to the famed railway: the new Ward Kimball
steam engine and the returning Lilly Belle VIP parlor car. The early morning event at the
Frontierland Train Station is hosted by Disneyland Resort president Matt Ouimet and honors the namesakes of the
engine (legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball) and the restored parlor car (Walt Disney's widow, Lillian Disney).
Mount Everest arrives in New York's Times Square as part of a massive Disney publicity
stunt to promote Expedition Adventure, a new thrill ride soon to open at Animal Kingdom
in Florida. A pair of giant billboards depict Mount Everest, a runaway train, and the mysterious villain Yeti.
The 4th Annual VES Awards are held at the Hollywood Palladium. John Lasseter is given the
George Méliès Award for his lifetime work in advancing visual effects and digital technology. (The Visual Effects Society
honor their peers for outstanding work in visual effects in numerous categories for feature films, special venue films,
commercials, television shows/mini series, music videos and video games.)
Actor Cesar Romero is born in New York City. His Disney credits include the live-
action comedies The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), Now You See Him, Now You Don't
(1972) and The Strongest Man in the World (1975) - in which he portrayed the corrupt but inept
villain A.J. Arno in all 3 films. Romero was cast as Esteban de la Cruz for 4 episodes of Disney's
Zorro television series. He was also one of many celebrities who took part in Walt Disney World's
Joker on Batman, while film fans will recall him as the rogue bandit The Cisco Kid in a string of low-budget westerns.)
Comedy veteran Harvey Korman is born in Chicago, Illinois. His Disney
credits include an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the live-action feature Herbie
Goes Bananas, the television serials The Adventures of Gallegher & the two-part Emil and
the Detectives and an episode of the animated Hercules series. In 1989 he co-starred in
the short-lived Touchstone TV sitcom The Nutt House, playing the role of Reginald
Tarkington (pictured left). In 1989, Korman greeted Walt Disney World's 300-millionth
guest at the gates of Disney-MGM. (Fans of the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett
Show will remember him as a long-time member of her talented cast. Flintstones fans
will recall Korman as the voice of The Great Gazoo.)
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi and his wife Heidi -
who are on vacation with their family at Disney World - take a ride aboard the Expedition Everest attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Bruschi, an 11-year NFL veteran, led the Patriots' defense this past season with 124 tackles.
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Walt Disney himself!
Midnight never strikes when you're in love.
Musical theatre actor Paul Kandel is born in Queens, New York. His Disney credits include the voice of Clopin, a mischievous gypsy, for the 1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its 2002 sequel.
At the library, it reads:
"Laugh-O-gram Films, Inc. W.E. Disney, Directing Animator."
Disney announces it has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Denmark’s privately held Lego Group, giving the toy maker access to Disney and Disney Pixar properties.
At Disney's Hollywood Studios, 14-year-old Gabi Nicole Carrubba
wins the audience vote at the American Idol Experience finale show
(on the attraction's official second day running). She is the first contestant to win a Dream Ticket singing a Disney song - "Colors of the Wind" from Disney’s Pocahontas.
"You have to have a certain persona to be a star, you know, and I don't have that. I'm a banana."
-Harvey Korman (born This Day 1927)
Autumn, the third 4 seasons Symphony is released. In this short, bears,
beavers, squirrels and other mammals rush to store up food for the winter. It is directed by
Ub Iwerks and released through Columbia Pictures.
The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World celebrates its 10,000th day of
operation, after opening its gates to guests on October 1, 1971!
Academy Award nominations are announced with Disney receiving four.
Song of the South - Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
"Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from the film Song of the South - Best Music, Song
Pluto's Blue Note and Chip an' Dale - Best Short Subjects, Cartoons
The 20th Academy Awards will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on March 20.
Disney receives six Academy Award nominations on this day.
Rugged Bear and Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom - Best Short Subjects, Cartoons
Bear Country and Ben and Me - Best Short Subjects, Two Reels
The Alaskan Eskimo - Best Documentary, Short Subjects
The Living Desert - Best Documentary, Features
The 26th Academy Awards will take place March 25.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is nominated for six Academy Awards. Winners will be announced
March 27. Although not associated with Disney at this time, Pixar's Tiny Toy is nominated for Best Short Film (Animated).
Episode 22 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. Mouseketeer Lisa Whelchel narrates a special feature about kids on skis. In "Thieves in the Night" episode 5 of the serial "The Mystery of Rustlers' Cave,"
Patty, Chris and Stewie overhear Waco and Charlie talking about the cattle they are about to rustle!
The new Team Disney Anaheim building in the backstage area of Disneyland officially opens. This new administration complex was designed by noted architect Frank Gehry and is home to various support areas and about 1,200 employees.
The Sixth Sense (released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures) is nominated for 4 Academy Awards. "When She Loved Me" (written by Randy Newman and performed by Sarah McLachlan from Toy Story 2) and "You'll Be In My Heart" (written and performed by Phil Collins from Tarzan) are both nominated for Best Song. The 72nd Academy Awards will take place March 26.
Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol 1 is released. The audio CD is a
brand new collection of 13 classic Disney songs recorded by a mix of Jazz luminaries and newcomers
such as Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Regina Carter, and Esperanza Spalding.
Ilene Woods - Cinderella
Eleanor Audley - Lady Tremaine
Verna Felton - Fairy Godmother
Rhoda Williams - Drizella
Luis Van Rooten - King / Grand Duke
James MacDonald - Bruno / Gus / Jaques
Don Barclay - Doorman
Lucille Bliss - Anastasia
Betty Lou Gerson - Narrator
William Phipps - Prince Charming
Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers begin their 2017 spring training workouts
on this day at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.
Full-squad workouts will begin 3 days later.
The live-action television film Kim Possible, based on the Disney Channel animated
series of the same name, airs on Disney Channel. Kim (Sadie Stanley) and Ron Stoppable (Sean
Giambrone) enter high school and become friends with new student Athena (Ciara Wilson). With Kim's guidance,
Athena transforms into the newest member of Team Possible and soon starts to eclipse Kim. When mad scientist
Drakken (Todd Stashwick) and his flame-fisted henchwoman Shego (Taylor Ortega) resurface in Middleton, the team
must stop them. The film also features Patton Oswalt as Professor Dementor, Nancy Cartwright as the voice of Rufus (Ron's pet mole rat), and Christy Carlson Romano (the original voice of Kim in the animated series) as Poppy Blu.
Walt Disney Archives founder, Disney Legend, and
writer Dave Smith passes away in Burbank, California
at age 78. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, his four-decade career
at The Walt Disney Company was dedicated to preserving Disney’s
treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. He was
hired in 1970 by Walt’s brother Roy O. Disney. Smith retired in 2010
after his 40th anniversary with Disney and continued working for the
next nine years as a consultant with title of chief archivist emeritus.
Actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan student who played a memorable role in the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe (about a local chess prodigy) passes away at the
age of 15. She dies at a hospital near the Ugandan capital, Kampala, from a brain tumor.
The 57th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, takes place. Among the winners is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The action film wins Best Makeup and Hair (Ve Neill and Martin Samuel).
The series finale of Big Hero 6: The Series airs on Disney Channel. A superhero comedy animated television series that first debuted in November 2017 on Disney XD, it was based on Disney's 2014 film
Big Hero 6, which itself is loosely based on the comic book series of the same name published by Marvel Comics.
Character actor Wally Cox is found dead in his home in Hollywood, California, at age 48. Best known as the voice of cartoon Underdog, his Disney credits include the live-action comedies The Barefoot Executive and The Boatniks. About an awkward Coast Guard ensign, the 1970 The Boatniks featured Cox as Jason Bennett. In the 1971 The Barefoot Executive, about a chimpanzee who can predict the popularity of television programs, Cox played chauffeur, Albert Mertons. In the early days of television Cox was the star of the 1950s sitcom Mr. Peepers and was later featured in the first episode of the series Mission: Impossible.